Couple beats and starves paralyzed woman until she weighed less than 100 pounds

Patrick Donovan 
By: Mahesh Sarin 

A couple was arrested, charged and convicted of assault after beating and starving a disabled woman until she nearly died, prosecutors in New York said.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced that the Rockaway Park couple has been sentenced to prison time for the vicious assault of the paralyzed woman, who was rescued from a locked room, bruised and battered.

“The victim in this case weighed less than 100 pounds when found. She had broken ribs, a dislocated shoulder and was bleeding from the back of her head. The defendants pleaded guilty to the assault and have now been sentenced to prison time to punish them for their despicable actions,” District Attorney Brown said.

Patrick Donovan, 45, and Mae Washington, 65, both of 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard in the Rockaway Park section of Queens, pleaded guilty to first-degree assault.

Donovan was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Kron.

Washington was sentenced to 11 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision before Queens Supreme Court Justice Richard Buchter.

According to the police investigation, the victim’s niece called police because she feared for the safety of her aunt, who was living with the defendants.

The police responded to the couple’s apartment at 112-32 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, and the defendants took the officer to a room that was locked from the outside.

Upon entering, the police officer observed the victim laying huddled in a corner on the floor. There was no mattress or bed in the room.

In examining the victim, the officer observed blood seeping from a wound on the 58-year-old woman’s head and various bruises on her arms and legs.

It turned out that the couple starved Maureen Murray, and regularly beat her despite her severe disabilities.